Friday, March 15, 2013

Habemus Papam and a St. Bernard Catholic School student's response

Pope Francis waves to the crowd shortly after his election
on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
By Laura Arceneaux
St. Bernard Catholic School fifth grade teacher

This morning I asked my students to write something they learned during the past 24 hours as well as a question they would ask our new pope if given the chance.

Most learned about the pope's non-Eurpoean status or about the tradition of smoke during the conclave. Most asked, "Why did you choose the name Francis?" or "What is it like being pope?"

I'd like to share one student's response — the only response of its kind in the class:

Dear Ms. Arceneaux,

When the new Pope was elected. I learned that this world is very blessed that we have a Pope. A Pope that helps us and the poor. If I were to ask the Pope a question. I would ask him how to be with the Holy Spirit and how to show God my love for him.

— Angel Aguirre, 5th Grade

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